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political analyses of particular elections. so i would think that's why it's so, but, frankly, i don't remember all the essays i wrote in the 1970s. c-span: at one point in one of the essays, you admit to working for the cia. >> guest: yeah. c-span: what's that about? >> guest: oh, back in the 1950s, i was in london, co-editing encounter magazine with stephen spender, and i left in 19--the end of 1958. stephen and i founded the magazine in early '53. i left at the end of '58. and then i guess it was in the mid-'60s or thereabouts that it was revealed that, in fact, we thought we were being subsidized by an american foundation called the fairfield foundation, and, in fact, that was a front for the cia, and it was cia money, and... c-span: how'd you find out? >> guest: it was made public in the press. i don't know how they found out somebody leaked, obviously. but i didn't inquire and i didn't care, really. c-span: what was your reaction at the time? >> guest: i was annoyed. i didn't want to work for the cia. if i had known there was cia money involved, i would not have taken that part
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